About the Project – EGAR

Young people from Europe; Turkey; and the Middle East, participate in a Youth Exchange focusing on how the First World War changed the World, while participating in a Life changing experience developing work-focused skills through informal learning techniques including: Theatre; Art; Digital; Literacy; Photography; and Social Media to act as a platform for young people to have a Voice.

Through a multi-lateral Youth Exchange, focusing on 3 countries which were the destinations of 3 significant aspects of WWI: Gallipoli; Arab Revolt; and Eastern Battlefields, young people will learn about the WW1 through a unique experience during its’ centenary between 2014 to 2018.

Young People will develop new skills, designed to improve their opportunities to move into employment, as well as mobilising digital and art-based skills to promote an outlet of self-expression.

EGAR will also connect young people from different backgrounds, to learn about their different cultures and shared history through WWI and most importantly how this War influenced and affected their own countries from 1918 to present day.

The EGAR programme will deliver 5 stages throughout the Youth Exchange programme:

 Work Development training

 You:ME

 Creative Skills

 E-Film production

 Film Launch Work

Development training: participants will develop a range of Life and Work skills, to assist them into long term employment including: Communication; Inter-personal; Respect; Understanding; Employability; Team skills. All young people will also participate in accredited training sessions, and will obtain a work-based qualification, based on their own careers interests and objectives. Qualifications will include: Health & Social Care; Digital/ICT; Sport Coaching; Teaching; Leadership; Construction.

You:ME: participants will learn about each other, their cultural backgrounds and how WWI affected their countries. They will learn and practice different languages, through games, theatre role plays and photography-based scavenger hunts. Participants are assigned to different teams and learn about the differences in UK, Israel, Jordan and Turkey pre and during WWI and the changes in society post WWI. Participants will consider identity; ideologies; democracy and different types of citizenship. Participants will also learn about Propaganda used by all Countries during WWI and how this has influenced modern Medias, Creativity and one’s understanding of Society.

Creative Skills: Participants will take part in a range of Art-themed informal learning activities, investigating the WWI. Skills will include: Theatre & Drama skills; Literature & Article composition; Photography skills; Music; Film-making skills; Digital and Social Media skills. Near the end of the activity, participants will come together and decide on a Film theme that represent young peoples’ understanding of WWI and their own thoughts on the events between 1914 to 1918, and the after effects.

E-Film production: Participants will appoint a Director, who will assign roles to participants including: Script writers; Producers; Actors; Photographers; and Editors. They will all work together, over a 3 day period to film, produce and edit their final film.

Film Launch: participants will spend 3 days preparing for their own Film Festival and Launch, marketing it through online channels and social media, learning at each step required for a successful launch.

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